He did it and it wasn’t easy.
Delicious Orie is the new Commonwealth Games super heavyweight gold medalist. The latest in a long and distinguished line of English champions at the sport’s topweight division.
Late Sunday night at the NEC Orie needed to win the final round in front of almost 5,000 fans to secure a close decision over the Indian Sagar Sagar. It was tough, bloody and ugly in the last minute as Sagar, cut and tired, repeatedly knocked Orie down. The last twenty seconds were so loud that no one in the ring or hall heard the closing bell. And then it was over and then there were tears and joy. It was gold, England’s second gold in boxing.
“I never stopped believing – this is the beginning, now the journey begins,” said Orie, who was born in Moscow but moved to Wolverhampton as a child.
The reception for the local – he is a member of the Jewelery Quarter Club just a few kilometers away – at the awards ceremony led to more tears and whoops of joy. Orie fought three times in four nights to win gold. It was a very moving occasion.
Four years ago on the Gold Coast, Rosie Eccles lost a close decision to Sandy Ryan in the final; it was heartbreak. There was more misery when the last Olympic qualifier was canceled in May 2020; The Olympic Games had been canceled a few days earlier. Eccles refused to give up the Olympic dream and lived on hopes and rumors until six weeks before the Summer Olympics. “I never gave up — then it was over,” she said. It was wrong, she deserved an Olympic place.
On Sunday she struck gold with under 70 kilos, boxed a dream and started planning Paris in two years. “It’s been a long, long journey and now I’m getting closer,” Eccles said. Eccles was reckless, stopping Australian Kaye Scott in two laps.
Scottish boxers had never won three golds in a match; In Glasgow in 2014 they won two and in Edinburgh in 1986 they had three losers and no winner in the final. This year, it has to be said, felt different than before the first bell on opening day. In just two fights, Reese Lynch stopped his man in one round and then, four fights later, he won light welterweight gold.
Lynch had the first of his five opening day fights; Victories over India, Canada and Junias Jonas, the defending champion from Namibia, brought him to the final. Lynch was battered and tired but still won 4-1 against veteran Louis Colin of Mauritius for gold. At just 21, he’s in a great position for the Paris Olympics.
A few hours earlier, Sam Hickey won back-to-back middleweight and Sean Lazzerini won the light heavyweight. Three gold medals, a new record and a new look for the Scottish team.
Lazzerini, who has been mentioned by various professional promoters, and Hickey could have a weight problem when the Olympic qualifiers begin. Middleweight, one of boxing’s oldest and most iconic divisions, was dropped from the Olympics. That means light-middle, middle, and light-heavy need to squeeze into just two divisions. It’s going to be tough for the boxers.
Eccles, meanwhile, will benefit from a redistribution of women’s weights as their 70kg division is replaced with a 66kg division. “I only weighed 67 this morning,” she told me after winning her gold. I was delighted, I like a sense of justice.
John Conlan, the Northern Ireland manager, arrived with a mixed squad of experienced, experienced players and hopeful kids with dreams. They finished with five gold medals, a ridiculous return. The sibling team of Aidan and Michaela Walsh, both silver medalists four years ago, each won gold. At lightweight, Amy Broadhurst added gold to the world championship gold she won in Istanbul earlier this year. Broadhurst is perhaps the best amateur in the world. Conlan’s other two winners are babies; Bantam’s Dylan Eagleson is only 19 and featherweight’s Jude Gallagher is just 20; Gallagher had a bye in both the semifinals and the final.
Still, they both can really fight. You look like twelve, by the way.
About an hour before Orie fought, Lewis Williams completed a reasonable quartet of bouts to take England’s first gold, a smart heavyweight win. On the Gold Coast, the English boxers won six gold medals, but on the Gold Coast it was a far more experienced and tough side. Tokyo silver medalist Ben Whittaker also left the Gold Coast without a medal; A lot can happen in a young boxer’s life between the Commonwealth Games and the two years before the Olympics. Some of the losers can become big winners.
Now the gradual construction for Paris and the Olympic qualification takes over. The men and women in charge of GB Boxing and the men and women in the ring need to start plotting, planning and dreaming big.
Delicious Orie has the Commonwealth gold and thinks about the other gold. “This is just the beginning,” he said. i believe him
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/boxing-delicious-orie-rosie-eccles-olympics-b2140439.html The plan of the new generation of boxing for the Paris Olympics after the gold medals at the Commonwealth Games